Many successful apps today incorporate a “social” aspect. This is where users feel connected with a larger community of people to collaborate, compare or compete with. Examples that come to mind are the widely successful Instagram and “Words with Friends”.
The state engine behind our software Eidy builds virtual personalities based on information about the current user and generic knowledge bases such as Wikipedia. This works will, but ultimately it ends up creating a virtual personality very much like you.
Everyone knows that “you” are awesome, but do you really want to talk to “you” all day?
It’s a bit like having a friend that lives in a cupboard who only ever interacts with you. Sure, they may share your opinions (and some resentment about the cupboard situation) but conversations may be limited. To be interesting your friend probably needs to talk to others to get a more rounded conversational repertoire and thus be far more interesting to talk to.
We are looking in to the idea that virtual personalities all over the world could talk to each other. By doing that they could gain knowledge and perhaps unexpected things to say.
This leads to the obvious question of what happens if your VP falls in with the “wrong crowd”? Perhaps we need to look for “suitable” company. Effectively a VP dating service?